Fellow Elevensies member Kim Harrington posted a wonderful glimpse into the day she first saw the cover art for her debut book. Go here to be moved. Though she couldn't share the image with us yet, she captured that feeling of the book now becoming REAL to her. Now she could imagine what it will look like in the bookstore.
While I wait for my own moment when I see my cover for Dogsled Dreams, I can relate to her emotions. Nick Craine, an illustrator with Dogs In Canada Magazine captured the likeness of my beloved leader Apollo for an article I wrote. It was as if the illustrator reached into my brain to pull out the quirkiness that made Apollo unique. Just look at the demonic stare! That's totally him!
I've read a lot of posts lately of author friends being THRILLED with their covers. Carol Anne Shaw's cover is stunning.
Danika Dinsmore got a great cover after the first one didn't really work, and her publisher was willing to try a new cover. I think it was worth the extra effort!
I'm still a few months away from seeing my own cover. But I can share in the excitement of others over theirs. From someone who can't play pictionary due to the atrocious drawing, I'm in awe of the talent of illustrators.